Category: Performer, Traditional Culture

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'Awa Odori Dance Workshop'

Date: 31st July 2021, Sat
Time: 11:00-12:00 (BST)
Online Platform: ZOOM
Ticket Price: Free!
*Ticket sales will close at 5pm on 30th July 2021, Fri

Passionate, free-flowing, traditional Japanese street dance. That’s Awa Odori. This online English workshop will introduce Awa Odori to you as performed by Warakuren from Koenji in Tokyo.
Difficult? Not at all! Being called a fools' dance, Awa Odori is so simple and dynamic! It will be a special opportunity to discover a new part of Japan’s fun-loving spirit. You will be shown how to dance, learn about the music and instruments and some of the history of Awa Odori, all in English!
You will also learn some basic Japanese phrases that you can use when communicating with performers. By the end of this workshop, you will be itching to put on your dance shoes, or ‘tabi,’ and hit the streets of Japan to dance Awa Odori.

Workshop Contents
・What is Awa Odori? Who are Warakuren?
・Introduction of the music and instruments
・Dance introduction with basic steps
・Learn Japanese for festival occasions
・Dance performance
・Post-show Q & A

Show at HYPER JAPAN Online 2021

Sat 31 Jul


Warakuren was established in 1976. It is a member of the Koenji Awa Odori Association.

Warakuren (和樂連) means the team (連) of fun (樂) and harmony (和).
While respecting the tradition of authentic Awa Odori, Warakuren’s fun performance encourages the audience to want to dance. Having many members with international backgrounds, Warakuren transmits the joy of easy Awa Odori in multiple languages. In spite of the pandemic affecting the festivals in Japan, Warakuren is striving to keep the festival spirit to bring joy to festival lovers in Japan and around the world. Everybody, say “Yattosa!” Have fun and dance with us!